Thursday, August 20, 2009

This October, Be a Superhero and Rescue a Shelter Dog During American Humane's Adopt-A-Dog Month (R)

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- You can save the day for a homeless dog -- and find a faithful companion who will be at your side for all of life's adventures -- by adopting a dog during American Humane's Adopt-A-Dog Month (R) in October.

As a result of the tight economy and rising tide of home foreclosures, U.S. animal shelters are becoming even more overpopulated by furry friends in need of loving homes. While no national statistics exist, shelters across the country are receiving dogs every day from displaced homeowners. With more dogs than adopters, shelters are facing a tragic scenario: the possibility of having to euthanize healthy, adoptable dogs.

"Adopting a dog from your local shelter is a simple, yet heroic deed," said American Humane President and CEO Marie Belew Wheatley. "By providing a home to an animal that didn't have one, you can help reduce the regrettably high number of homeless pets in this country. And you'll be rewarded in so many ways, as you experience the joy of building an invincible bond with a loving and faithful companion."

Dogs provide companionship, improved physical and emotional health, social interaction and devoted love. They also encourage people to exercise, enhance family and other relationships, promote laughter and act as a nonjudgmental audience. However, it is important to remember that adopting a dog is a long-term commitment; dogs need exercise and daily attention and are completely dependent on their owners for all of their needs.

Dog adoption isn't something to take lightly, but it is an extremely rewarding, life-changing experience, and possibly a life-saving experience for the dog. To learn more about the adoption process, visit American Humane's Web site at www.americanhumane.org.

Be a superhero! Rescue a shelter dog and gain a loyal, super sidekick for all of life's adventures!

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